McPherson, Morag Print

MoragMorag McPherson is a MSc. student at the University of Alberta working in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Parks Canada to study Arctic Grayling in the Little Nahanni River watershed. Arctic Grayling are a widely distributed, but sensitive northern species that play an important role in stream ecosystems, making them a good indicator of general aquatic health. Her MSc. research focuses on juvenile Arctic Grayling ecology in northern mountain streams. This research will improve our understanding of Arctic Grayling ecology, distribution, and habitat requirements, as well as develop standardized monitoring protocols to assess stream salmonids and identify essential habitats in the NWT. Morag is originally from Carberry, Manitoba and holds a BSc. in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She has lived in Yellowknife since 2006 and is a biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She has been fortunate enough to work with fisheries resources in the NWT for the past seven years and looks forward to undertaking fisheries research in the Sahtu and finding out what the streams can teach her. For more information about the Little Nahanni River Watershed Arctic Grayling Project, visit www.lnrgrayling.weebly.com.